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Coastal or Ocean Currents -  Do you know the difference?

Posted by Penny Haire on 27 October 2020 6:25:43 AM

Whatever craft you sail, currents can have a significant effect on your transit times across an ocean, particularly where the major ocean currents such as the Kuroshio and Gulf Stream flow. However, the beginning and end of most ocean crossings transit coastal waters, where there can be strong tides. Understanding how and why each type of current forms and where they occur increases the likelihood of a successful passage - whether it be a 'just-in-time' arrival on a ship or a podium finish in a yacht race.

Credit: NASA

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Topics: currents, yacht, tides, ship efficiency, ocean

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